Cream Cheese was on sale this week, so i decided to buy a box and try something i have never tried before. Cheesecake. I don't like cream cheese, i really do not like cheesecake, i find it to rich, but i know many who love cheesecake, so i figured I'd give it a whirl and invite company for dinner.
So online i went for a recipe and i found this one for Peanut Butter cheesecake at Kraft. It was the only recipe that took only one box. I was not going out to get another box just for one recipe!
So this is the picture of the dessert should look like as per the Kraft website. So professional!
12 Oreo cookies, crushed
2 Tbsp margarine, melted
1 Pkg (250 g) cream cheese
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 square semi sweet chocolate, melted.
Heat oven to 325 F. Mix cookie crumbs and margarine. Press firmly into 8 inch pan.
Beat cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar until blended. Add egg, mix until just blended. Spoon over crust. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool.
Drizzle chocolate over cheesecake in criss cross pattern. Refrigerate 5 minutes to set before cutting.
I painted on the criss cross pattern with a rubber spatula, and then swirled the rest on top while dancing to 'Proud Mary' on the radio. It was fun! It looks good, and my whole kitchen smells like peanut butter. I am not the best chocolate drizzlier, but it looks funky!
Of course, the original recipe calls for brand names, Philadelphia cream cheese, Kraft peanut butter, Baker's chocolate. I used generics for all but the PB. It was not difficult to make. Cheese cake has a bad rap that it is something hard to accomplish, but this was easy. I think the only thing i would change is take the cheese out of the refrigerator earlier. It was only out about 10 minutes, and my mixer found it difficult to work with because it was cold.
I tried half a piece, just to be polite and to try something new, and it is not bad. I don't like the taste of cream cheese, but the peanut butter kind of overrides it. Might make it again, if cream cheese goes on sale again. That stuff is expensive!!!